Ensign Candice Passerella of Schererville, IN first received a commission through the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2004, graduating with a B.S. in English and a minor in Spanish. In May 2006, she subsequently completed flight training in Pensacola, FL and was winged as a Naval Flight Officer. She then moved to Whidbey Island, WA to complete one year of fleet training in order to be designated as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler.
While serving as a naval aviator from 2006-2013, Candice was qualified as an EA-6B Mission Commander and flew more than 1,000 total hours in the EA-6B, completed over 100 carrier landings, and flew more than 60 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. She also spent seven months as a Naval Affairs Officer and diplomat in Bogotá, Colombia before completing nearly nine years on active duty. She then affiliated with the Naval Reserves for the next three years and completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical courses at University of North Carolina, Wilmington. There she volunteered in the research lab as well as with Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center as a patient and family hospitality worker. Candice received a Navy HPSP scholarship to attend HUCM and has since re-commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps Individual Ready Reserves. Upon graduation, Candice will serve as an active duty Navy physician.
Candice's past extracurriculars have included handbell choirs, musical theater, marathons, and youth public speaking. She is married to Major Christopher A. Passerella, U.S. Marine Corps. Together they reside in Alexandria, VA with their daughter Violeta.